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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 19, 2009 10:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: tyih -- 6 weeks of east coast terror -- summer '73

TYIH - back east

— This Year In History - the summer of 1973 —
6 weeks of terror for northeast coast Heads

the outdoors shows there were stellar
RFK Stadium - Watkins Glen - Roosevelt Stadium

the most famous Bus ride in history — to the Watkins Glen stage for the 'Soundcheck'
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The summer began on June 9 and 10, 1973, for 100,000 of us. It was Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band at RFK Stadium. The Sound System there performed miraculously. I've never heard anything sounding better than that come out of a PA or sound system ever since - period. 6 weeks later we have the meltdown at Watkins Glen. Like, were we supposed to 'not go' to that gig, even though we knew it was going to be a very BIG venue? It was an amazing event for all of us. 600,000 of us were there on July 27 for the 'bonus' soundcheck show. July 28 was the official Summer Jam at Watkins Glen. It was Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and The Band. 3 days later, Grateful Dead and The Band played July 31 and Aug 1 at Roosevelt Stadium. These were the famous and very exciting Jer birthday shows. Finally - we get to see the boys perform an outdoors '73 show in a 'normal crowd' of about 15,000. Set 2 on July 31 was an electrifying personal favorite of mine.

While it's true they played these 6 shows at only 3 venues, the crowds from each show does total 1.5 million of us. How many hits of acid is that? And every show was 'sold out'. We witnessed the birth of the Wall of Sound while they played incredible new jazz themes and wonderful jams during this amazing period. 6 shows for under 50 bucks. Personally, I spent more money at the time on spare batteries and blank tapes for my Taping Kit. It was the Summer of 1973! Historians and music lovers should take note: tapes don't lie.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 19, 2009 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6 weeks of west coast terror -- hey UCSC decider dudes

hey UCSC Librarian decider dudes - do you have one of these?

'Monte-bro' has "it" etched in concrete terms
— that means peace! to all of you everywhere —
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the sidewalk in front of the Cheba-Hut sandwich joint
around the corner from my place today — across from CSU main campus

did LiA get the gig?

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Dec 19, 2009 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6 weeks of west coast terror -- hey UCSC decider dudes

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 19, 2009 4:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6 weeks of west coast terror -- hey UCSC decider dudes

actual 'Santa' dude at Watkins Glen
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'getting on the bus' at Watkins Glen
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Poster: BVD Date: Dec 19, 2009 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tyih -- 6 weeks of east coast terror -- summer '73

Made it for Watkins Glen and Roosevelt Stadium(which seemed like seeing them in my backyard in Queens compared to Watkins)The DS>El Paso>Eyes>Dew from from 8/1 is probably my favorite piece of music ever played by The Dead. The Band weren't too shabby either!

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 19, 2009 10:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tyih -- 6 weeks of east coast terror -- summer '73

Monte,

I know you taped the Dead in '73, and for that we are all thankful. I notice that almost all of your posts (not the pic ones, just the texts), when they reference a specific year at all, refer back to '73 (a year I love, BTW). Are there any other eras you like/dislike?

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 20, 2009 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tyih -- 6 weeks of east coast terror -- summer '73

Thanks for asking. The 1973 east coast shows are the GD shows I attended. For me, nothing will ever compare to them - especially the 6 outdoors shows mentioned. As a result, my life changed dramatically, and it remains "changed" to this day. I've noted these experiences on this forum. I also have a few good posts at Festivarian Forum. Probably everyone here knows my musical preferences: good sounding, great jamming, exciting improvisational music is what I prefer. Right now I am the sole archivist and the only taper of shows for several other bands and artists I also admire. I have published my recordings of their live music. This includes creating a 'new music collection' at the LMA. Visit my website.

I am seeking input from others regarding this 'over-the-top' era. I enjoy filling in some of the gaps. It remains pretty damn sketchy when you look back. They are about to hire a dude for $70K to put all this shit together, somehow. Jon Stewart sums it up in this YouTube clip. Evidently, there is a mountain of stuff that's going to be archived.

Unfortunately for example, only weeks after I spoke to Jerry Moore and Rob Berger for the first time over at LL, Jerry passed away. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell happened at the Watkins Glen event - and yet, I was there for all of it. I thought using the 1.5 million people context was another cool way to frame the hugeness of these 6 outdoors shows. I've not seen this figure mentioned before. It was an incredible 6-week run. It all went down during some very 'heady' musical times. The evolution of sound systems and taping equipment being developed at this time was amazing. I have written alot about this. Earl also writes here about some of the band's equipment.

Can anyone show me 6 outdoors music shows in a 6-week period - shows here on The Archive - that are more huge than these - not to mention 'the incredible sound'? It is true however, not many people here are discussing this. Why not? Is this because too many people who went to these shows are instead -- ashamed of themselves -- for taking acid and tripping with others at a GD show back then? Or, what if maybe they've changed entirely since then, and they can't handle The Truth these days - because they choose to hide from it. I've also used "the mic" here - particularly during the run-up to the 2008 US elections. It's possible I have been putting our boys up on a pedestal. Maybe I need a blood-transfusion to fix this problem.

everyone here also knows I'm the biggest Sugaree-thread junkie around
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Sugaree - 1977-May-28

I have said here many times that the GD 1970-05-06 benefit show - at Kresge Plaza, M.I.T. - was 'my proudest GD moment.' What's said by Jer, Phil, and Bob in The Hippie Temptation documentary in 1967 is for sure most important to me. Let's not forget, PEACE - and loving Our Planet - is what I'm harping on.

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Poster: NYLifer Date: Dec 21, 2009 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tyih -- 6 weeks of east coast terror -- summer '73

Happy holidays Monte. Keep 'em coming.
Peace, Bob

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